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SECOND HELPINGS: THE ENGINE ROOM

Photographs: David Straight The Engine Room has always been brilliant. Now it’s better. It opened eight years ago in a 1930s post office and when it did it caused a sea change in Auckland dining – you could have some of the best eating in town, but it didn’t need to be somewhere posh: you […]

CAZADOR

Photographs: David Straight  We need more restaurants like this. Two years ago, Dariush Lolaiy and Rebecca Smidt – son and daughter-in-law of original owners Tony and Barbara – bought Cazador from the family and set about making it their own. We always had a soft spot for the place, which started in 1987, but boy do […]

PETRA SHAWARMA

Photographs: David Straight First up, an apology. With the exception of Ima, we’d given up on Middle Eastern food in this town, preferring instead to hole up at home with Yotam Ottolenghi’s cookbooks – it is nourishing, rich, flavourful food, full of texture and zest and spice and mountains of vegetables. And yet in Auckland […]

FEDERAL DELICATESSEN

Photographs: David Straight It could have gone so horribly wrong. “The Fed” is a homage to a classic New York delicatessen with diner touches: formica, waitresses in mint green 1950s dresses, bottomless filter coffee. In the hands of Al Brown, though, it works brilliantly – it’s an extension of his bagel-meets-oyster empire (The Fed is […]

BADUZZI

Photographs: David Straight Finally. Two years on, there is somewhere to eat at North Wharf. It has pedigree: owner Michael Dearth made a name at The Grove for careful, considered dining in a private, bricky space. With Baduzzi, he’s done something else entirely – baduzzi means “meatballs” in the Sicilian dialect. Yes: this is a posh […]